Authorities have made the largest cocaine seizure in New York after they found 3,200 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container that arrived at the Port of New York and New Jersey on Feb. 28.
On the crates, it was written dried fruit from Colombia but inside the crates, they were tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine.
The cargo ship had arrived in Newark from Buena Ventura, Colombia, and its next stop was Antwerp, Belgium.
According to the authorities, the drugs had an estimated street value of $77 million.
“This is a significant seizure, in fact it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994,” said Troy Miller, director of Customs and Border Protection’s New York Field Operations.
After agents boarded the ship, they inspected several containers and noticed the ceiling pins for a particular shipping container had been tampered with, a source told ABC News.
Agents x-rayed the container, opened it and that’s when they discovered the cocaine, the source said.
3,200LB COCAINE SEIZURE–#CBP coordinated with U.S. and international partners to seize 3,200lbs of cocaine worth an estimated $77M! It was the second largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark, and the largest in nearly 25 years! Learn more: https://t.co/N2Nnzyq1Du pic.twitter.com/70Jl4Or7Hm
— CBP (@CBP) March 11, 2019